The Idigbo community in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State is reeling from shock and demanding justice after an immigration officer shot one Jacob Bamgbola, News About Nigeria reports.
This incident occurred when Bamgbola, riding a motorcycle with his niece, was stopped by immigration officers at a checkpoint along the Idiroko expressway.
They demanded a bribe of N200 before allowing him to continue his journey.
Refusing to succumb to their demands, Bamgbola argued that he had done nothing wrong to warrant paying them.
Seizing an opportunity when the officers were preoccupied with other motorists, he quickly sped away.
After reaching his sister’s place and recounting his encounter with the immigration officers, he sought the support of fellow community members who had also experienced similar incidents of alleged extortion by immigration officers on the road.
The enraged youths gathered at the house of Chief Moses Faleye, intending to express their grievances.
However, tensions escalated when the immigration officers arrived at the scene, attempting to disperse the protesters.
In the chaos that ensued, Bamgbola was tragically shot and killed, allegedly by Officer Lamba.
News About Nigeria reports that Eyewitnesses narrated the events, expressing their sadness over the excessive use of force by security personnel and their habitual extortion of motorists in the area.
Adesina Alabi, the head of the vigilance group in the town, voiced his concern about the prevailing situation.
The Baale of the community, Moses Faleye, described the incident as regrettable, suggesting that the matter could have been resolved amicably.
The incident has been reported to the Igbokofi Police Station, and an investigation is currently underway.
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) spokesperson in the state, Olajide Oshifeso, confirmed awareness of the incident, assuring the public that a thorough investigation is being conducted.
Further details will be made available once the investigation concludes.